“Collectors have always understood the transformative power of art. The Art for Justice Fund gives us an opportunity to use specific works to improve lives and drive social change.”
Agnes Gund, philanthropist and arts advocate
On Monday, June 12, the Art for Justice Fund launched with a stellar event at the Museum of Modern Art, featuring a powerful array of conversations and performances. Inspired by the leadership of Agnes Gund and seeded with a $100 million donation from the sale of a cherished artwork from her personal collection, the Art for Justice Fund offers art collectors and patrons the opportunity to contribute to significant reforms in the criminal justice system.
Ms Gund joined Maria Hinojosa for a deeply personal conversation on her reasons for creating the fund and her passion for social justice. Anna Deavere Smith delivered a riveting performance from her acclaimed one-woman show Notes from the Field. Piper Kerman and Glenn Martin gave Charles Blow an insider’s insight into prison—sharing the experiences that have shaped their understanding of, and work on, criminal justice reform. Bryan Stevenson moved the audience to tears with a message of hope and opportunity and Toshi Reagon closed out the evening with an equally moving rallying cry for action. You can see highlights of the evening’s conversations above.
The launch of the fund marks the first step in a five-year initiative designed to make meaningful progress on key reforms in the U.S. criminal justice system. The aim is to raise $100 million of additional private capital from art sales or other donations to provide vital new resources to organizations across the nation working to address this mass incarceration—one of this country’s most urgent social, economic, and political issues.
For more information about the Art for Justice Fund, including funding guidelines, visit: artforjusticefund.org.